Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Black-bellied Plovers

Black-bellied Plover
Black-bellied Plover. Mission Bay, California. February 16, 2015. Greg Gillson.
I'm still going through some photos from Crown Point on Mission Bay from mid-February. Here are some to enjoy.

Back in September I photographed a Black-bellied Plover at the San Luis Rey River mouth. The black belly will start forming in April and May on the northward migration to the Arctic breeding grounds. Still there are a few black centered breeding plumage feathers on the back and scapulars of these birds poking through the browner non-breeding plumage of winter.

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

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